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TRENCHANT

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does trenchant mean? 

TRENCHANT (adjective)
  The adjective TRENCHANT has 3 senses:

1. having keenness and forcefulness and penetration in thought, expression, or intellect
2. characterized by or full of force and vigor
3. clearly or sharply defined to the mind

  Familiarity information: TRENCHANT used as an adjective is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


TRENCHANT (adjective)


Sense 1trenchant [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Having keenness and forcefulness and penetration in thought, expression, or intellect

Synonyms:

trenchant; searching

Context examples:

searching insights / trenchant criticism

Similar:

intelligent (having the capacity for thought and reason especially to a high degree)


Sense 2trenchant [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Characterized by or full of force and vigor

Synonyms:

hard-hitting; trenchant

Context examples:

a hard-hitting expose / a trenchant argument

Similar:

effective; effectual; efficacious (producing or capable of producing an intended result or having a striking effect)


Sense 3trenchant [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Clearly or sharply defined to the mind

Synonyms:

clear-cut; trenchant; distinct

Context examples:

clear-cut evidence of tampering / Claudius was the first to invade Britain with distinct...intentions of conquest / trenchant distinctions between right and wrong

Similar:

clear (clear to the mind)


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